The Benefits of Body Worn Cameras in the Security Industry
Body worn cameras have become an important element of the preventative measures police use to protect their officers, by diffusing aggression early in a confrontation. After seeing the success of initiatives put in place by the police, private companies began to follow suit, especially in the security industry.
Security services benefit from many similar features that are of assistance to police. The presence of the camera, which records evidential quality video and audio, has been proven to minimise physical and verbal attacks, due to the change in behaviour when people know they are being recorded. It also serves as an independent witness to help resolve complaints and disputes quickly and fairly.
Body Worn Cameras allow for interactions with the public to be entirely transparent and can debunk false claims. A number of large multinational security companies have already trialled and implemented Body Worn Cameras, to great effect.
For example, Body cameras are being used to record attacks and abuse towards hospital staff at five of Wales’ health boards in a bid to deter violent behaviour. Aneurin Bevan is the latest to give security staff the cameras after 15,113 incidents in the last five years. One A&E nurse said he was threatened on a weekly basis and once had a patient grab him by the throat.
He said the cameras meant “it’s no longer just our word against theirs”. First introduced at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in 2013, body cameras are now being worn by all security staff at sites managed by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Head of security, Damian Winstone, said the cameras were more effective than traditional CCTV and had led to successful convictions for a range of offences.
Date Published: 23/07/2018